Assiniboine Park & Zoo Programs
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School & Group Programs

School BusAssiniboine Park offers many curriculum-linked, interdisciplinary programs for students in Pre-K through Grade 12. All of our programs encourage a student’s inherent curiosity for the natural world and bring lessons to life. Our early year’s programs encourage children to connect with the amazing diversity found in nature and progress into more action-based classes at the middle and senior year’s level. All of our programs incorporate learning objectives in science with connections to arts, culture, language, social studies and others. Many of our programs include hands-on activities and different styles of learning are encouraged through story, music, verbal presentations, tours and team work. Programs are available year-round and run rain, shine, or snow.

VISION

The vision of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Programming Department is to connect people with nature and to inspire them to be environmental stewards.

MISSION

Our mission is to:
1) Provide positive recreational and educational guest experiences by delivering memorable programming throughout the Park and Zoo.
2) Contribute to environmental education and promotion of global conservation of animals and their habitats.
3) Motivate others to foster healthy relationships with the environment, building empathy with nature through direct, indirect and hands-on exploration and discovery.

Please review the information below. Then browse our Program Guide and start planning your next educational adventure at Assiniboine Park and Zoo!

  • Acorn Activity Room: Please meet your instructor in the lobby of the Qualico Family Centre, located at 330 Assiniboine Park Drive, next to the Duck Pond in the heart of the Park.
  • Conservatory Programs: Please meet your instructor in the main foyer of the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, located at 15 Conservatory Drive.
  • Zoo Programs: Please meet your instructor at the Main Entrance of Assiniboine Park Zoo at 2595 Roblin Blvd. Programs will take place in the Zoo Classroom or International Polar Bear Conservation Centre building (IPBCC).

The Pavilion Gallery Museum, Zoo and Conservatory do not allow you to bring the following items into the buildings: bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and scooters, flying discs, balls, balloons or pets. Please leave these items at home or enjoy them elsewhere in the Park.

Join us for interactive programs and work toward achieving your awards badges at Assiniboine Park and Zoo. Our programs can be tailored for Scouts and Guides at all levels. Download the appropriate PDF file below to find out which programs work best for you, then contact us to get started.

As part of our mandate to create accessible programming for all, we have created an array of workshops and classes suitable for all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. We have also secured funding to assist Manitoba schools with program fees and transportation to the Park. Please contact us if your school is in need of field trip financial assistance.

Please download our Programs Guide for Schools or browse our program selection by age group in the section below.


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The ABC's of Zoos

Nursery and Kindergarten | 60 minutes | Zoo Classroom

In your first 30 minutes you will discover the animals of the Assiniboine Park Zoo by working your way through the alphabet during the fun, interactive classroom portion. Follow up with an awesome 30 minute guided tour intended for ‘little feet’ through Toucan Ridge. This tour does not include Journey to Churchill.

Learning Outcomes: Kindergarten Science

The ABC's of Trees

Nursery and Kindergarten | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

What do trees from the rainforest have in common with the trees in our backyard? How are they different? Join us as we study the similarities and differences between trees from tropical and temperate climates and how people all over the world depend on them. Includes an outside activity.

Learning Outcomes: Grades 4 and 6 Science

Pre-registration is required. Click here to find out how.


Animal Life Cycles

Grade 2 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Learn about the life cycles of insects, birds, amphibians, spiders, fish, reptiles, and mammals. This is egg-citing science!

Learning Outcomes: Grade 2 Science

Arctic Ecology

Grades 4 to 6 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Your students will actively explore the ecology of the Journey to Churchill area through a GPS scavenger hunt. Our educator will engage your class in some hands on activities that highlight the interconnections between the living and non-living components of the sub-Arctic. Maximum 30 students/program.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 4 - 6 Science

Awesome Adaptations

Grades 1 to 8 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

How do animals survive the heat and rain of the tropics or the cold winters in the Arctic tundra? In this program students will discover tools animals use to help them survive; study specific characteristics of animals here at the Zoo through age appropriate activities and language! Choose from Arctic or Tropical Adaptations.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 1 - 8 Science

Bats

Grades 2 to 4 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom or International Polar Bear Conservation Centre

Bats all over North America are struggling to survive habitat loss and a devastating fungus called White-nosed Syndrome. Learn all about these fascinating and misunderstood creatures of the night.

Learning Outcomes: Grades 2 and 4 Science

Polar Bears

Grades 1 to 6 | 90 minutes | International Polar Bear Conservation Centre

Come learn the stories behind the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s polar bears! Your program will take you on a partial tour of our zoo to find our bears and examine some of the adaptations bears have to survive in their habitat. Students will compare how their lives are similar and different to the bears while also looking at some of the concerns surrounding the town of Churchill and the natural environment.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 1, 2, 4 & 6 Science, Grade 3 Social Studies

Chocolate's Sweet History

Grades 3 to 5 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

In this engaging program, students dip into a mixture of stories, activities, history, trade and culture, centred on the wonderful Mayan discovery - chocolate! (Allergy Alert)

Learning Outcomes: Grade 3 Social Studies

Creature Classification

Grade 1 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Some animals have limbs and lungs and some animals have gills and scales. Discover the differences and similarities amongst vertebrates and invertebrates in this popular program. Students will handle many fascinating animal ‘biofacts’ and tour the zoo practicing their new skill in identifying types of animals.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 1 Science

The Dirt on Soil

Grade 3 to 4 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Did you know a single teaspoon of dirt contains more than a billion micro-organisms, that help sustain plant and animal life? This program delves into the nitty-gritty of dirt, its environmental significance, and the conservation and preservation of one of the earth’s most precious resources - our soil.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 3 Science; Grade 4 Social Science

Nature Photography

Grades 3 to 8 | 120 minutes | Acorn Room at the Qualico Family Centre

Photography is a great way to connect with nature and to get close to the environment around you. Discover the Park through the eyes of a photographer and learn basic techniques that will help you take great outdoor photographs. Cameras provided. Maximum 40 students/program.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 3 - 8 Social Studies and Art

North American Animal Stories

Grades 1 to 6 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

First Nations peoples use storytelling not only as means of entertainment but also as a way of passing important information from one generation to another. Through storytelling, our educators will introduce our indigenous animals and their importance to Aboriginal beliefs, values and stories.This program was a 2009 recipient of a Spirit of the Earth Award. Each class will receive a specially designed Teacher’s Package that includes a 3’x 4’ poster, etching plates, and an animal stories booklet.

Learning Outcomes: Grades 1, 2, 4 and 6 Language Arts and Social Studies

Plant Life Cycles

Grade 3 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Learn about the life cycles of plants, from flower to seed. This program makes full use of our Palm House and indoor gardens.

Learning Outcomes: Grades 3 Science

Plant Adaptations

Grades 3 and 4 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Plants are clever creatures! No habitat can fool them! Is it because they have brains? Students will unearth the answer by participating in an interactive comparison of the extreme climates of the rainforest, desert, and wetland habitats. Students will examine the effects on plant growth and appearance and discover how plants have changed to adapt to their environment.

Learning Outcomes: Grades 3 and 4 Science

Poetry in the Park

Grades 5 and 6 | 90 minutes | Acorn Activity Room at the Qualico Family Centre and English Garden

Tune into the inspiring gardens and forested areas of Assiniboine Park by going through creative processes that open up the senses of local places and language. Let the outdoors speak through you! Includes an outdoor activity.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 6 Language Arts

Purrfect Predators - Big Cats

Grades 3 to 7 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Learn about the distinctive qualities of the world’s big cats like tigers, leopards and lions with a comparison to smaller cats like the lynx and bobcat. Find out why two-thirds of the world’s cats are endangered and visit the endangered species at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 4 and 6 Science

Rain Forests

Grades 2 to 7 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Tropical rain forests are an important link to life on earth. Rain forests provide valuable resources such as medicine, habitat, and oxygen; their location, geography and climate provide an essential support system to an immense variety of animals, plants, and indigenous peoples.

Learning Outcomes: Grades 2, 3, 6 and 7 Social Studies; Grade 3 Science

Pre-registration is required. Click here to find out how.


Awesome Adaptations

Grades 1 to 8 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

How do animals survive the heat and rain of the tropics or the cold winters in the Arctic tundra? In this program students will discover tools animals use to help them survive; study specific characteristics of animals here at the Zoo through age appropriate activities and language! Choose from Arctic or Tropical Adaptations.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 1 - 8 Science

Arctic Field Research: Studying & Managing Populations

Grades 7 to 10 | 120 minutes | International Polar Bear Conservation Centre

The Earth has a long history of climate change, but we are now entering into a new epoch – the Anthropocene. In order to understand the consequences of this human induced climate change and make informed wildlife management decisions, researchers are gathering as much information as possible. But studying populations in the sub-Arctic and Arctic has its challenges. Join us as we get some hands-on experience in field techniques that researchers use to study animal populations and explore how that information is used to inform management and conservation efforts. Maximum 30 students/program.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 7 Science and Social Science, Grade 10 Science

Endangered Species & Conservation

Grades 7 to 12 | 90 minutes | International Polar Bear Conservation Centre

We all know that humans are having an impact on the natural world. Come learn about the role of zoos in conservation and research.

Learning Outcomes: Grades 7, 8, Grade 9 and 10 Social Studies; Grade 7 and 12 Sciences

Nature Photography

Grades 3 to 8 | 120 minutes | Acorn Room at the Qualico Family Centre

Photography is a great way to connect with nature and to get close to the environment around you. Discover the Park through the eyes of a photographer and learn basic techniques that will help you take great outdoor photographs. Cameras provided. Maximum 40 students/program.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 3 - 8 Social Studies and Art

Purrfect Predators - Big Cats

Grades 3 to 7 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Learn about the distinctive qualities of the world’s big cats like tigers, leopards and lions with a comparison to smaller cats like the lynx and bobcat. Find out why two-thirds of the world’s cats are endangered and visit the endangered species at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

Learning Outcomes: Grades 4 and 6 Science

Rain Forests

Grades 2 to 7 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Tropical rain forests are an important link to life on earth. Rain forests provide valuable resources such as medicine, habitat, and oxygen; their location, geography and climate provide an essential support system to an immense variety of animals, plants, and indigenous peoples.

Learning Outcomes: Grades 2, 3, 6 and 7 Social Studies; Grade 3 Science

The Role of Zoos in a Changing Climate

Grades 10 and 12 | 120 minutes | International Polar Bear Conservation Centre

This program begins at school through a series of Zoo developed pre-teach lesson plans intended to activate students’ understanding of the impacts of climate change on the Western Hudson Bay polar bear population. Student’s knowledge is extended on-site through a GPS scavenger hunt of the Journey to Churchill exhibit and a classroom component that explores how the Assiniboine Park Zoo is contributing to the research, conservation and public education around polar bears and the impacts of climate change. Maximum of 30 students/program.

Learning Outcomes: Grade 10 Science, Grade 12 Biology

Pre-registration is required. Click here to find out how.


Adult and Senior's groups can also take part in our fun education programs.

Please visit our workshop and classes section: http://assiniboinepark.ca/programs/workshops-classes.php#Adult%20Workshops 

We have art workshops, food-based programs and fitness classes


Click here for registration information.

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